verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- the time between two acts, scenes, or the like.
- stage wait.
- waits, (formerly) a band of musicians employed by a city or town to play music in parades, for official functions, etc.
- a street musician, especially a singer.
- one of a band of carolers.
- a piece sung by carolers, especially a Christmas carol.
- to perform the duties of an attendant or servant for.
- to supply the wants of a person, as serving a meal or serving a customer in a store.
- to call upon or visit (a person, especially a superior): to wait on Her Majesty at the palace.
- Falconry. (of a hawk) to soar over ground until prey appears.
- Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. to wait for (a person); await.
- Also wait upon. to await (an event).
- to postpone going to bed to await someone's arrival.
- Informal. to halt and wait for another to join one, as in running or walking: Wait up, I can't walk so fast.
Words nearby wait
Idioms for wait
Origin of wait
SYNONYMS FOR wait
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH waitwait weight
usage note for wait
Examples from the Web for wait
So far, all the players seemed to be willing to wait their turn.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races|David Freedlander|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And they might not have to wait that long to show their political heft.
And as he adjusted to this change in circumstances, he screamed at himself a second time: Wait!Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In fact, Americans had to wait several hours until film of the event reached New York for it to be broadcast.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’|Gary May|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The incident sparked his belief in Santa, but he would have to wait nearly two decades before dressing up as Jolly St. Nick.Kerry Bentivolio: The Congressman Who Believes in Santa Claus|Ben Jacobs|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Pending further inquiry they were obliged to wait the conclusion of the expressman's humorous recital.
Wait until I get my degree, and the law cases come pouring in on me, with big fees—say, maybe I could give your dad some points!For the Honor of Randall|Lester Chadwick
His soldiers broke into cheers, but he sternly stopped them, with the advice to wait till the Hartford was sunk.Dewey and Other Naval Commanders|Edward S. Ellis
We must wait we must both wait p-patiently till time has s-softened——'Vera|Elisabeth von Arnim
A moment later she was thankful for the impulse that caused her to wait.The Silent Alarm|Roy J. Snell
British Dictionary definitions for wait
Word Origin for wait
Idioms and Phrases with wait
In addition to the idioms beginning with wait
- wait a minute
- wait and see
- wait at table
- wait for the other shoe to drop
- waiting game
- waiting in the wings
- wait on
- wait on hand and foot
- wait out
- wait up
- can't wait
- hurry up and wait
- in waiting
- lie in wait
- play a waiting game